Dallas Mavericks CEO to speak at GSU Commencement

Cynthia Marshall, who was tapped by Mark Cuban to serve as the CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, will address students and faculty at 10 a.m. on May 11 at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Marshall, who is leading the charge to set the new NBA standard for inclusion and diversity, is known globally for her work with AT&T, where she served as Senior Vice President – Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer.

That work included guiding AT&T to placement on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the top 3 on Diversity Inc.’s 2017 Top 50 list of companies, and her own acknowledgement as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine and on Ebony magazine’s 2016 “Power 100” list.

GSU President Rick Gallot said, “We are honored to have such a visionary leader on campus to share her wisdom with our students. It’s more important today than ever for our students to understand the value that a diverse and inclusive culture brings to an organization.”

Marshall, who The Network Journal recently named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business, has already had an impact on Grambling State students after recently hosting a student visit at the Mavericks headquarters in Dallas, TX.

Sophomore in Grambling State’s Department of Mass Communication Sara Renee Garner said, “Meeting Cynthia Marshall was definitely something I didn’t know I needed. As a black woman in a male-dominated industry, she is like superwoman. Meeting her, I saw all of my dreams personified.”

Grambling State currently has its highest enrollment since 2014, which includes a freshman class increase of greater than 200 percent since that time.

President Gallot said, “It’s been a great year for Grambling State students. We’re excited to welcome Mrs. Marshall to help us celebrate.”

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